I'd do it if I could, but the HOA will jump on me. I tried it a couple of years ago - you never heard so much noise. They even panic when I request that the automated lawn sprinklers be turned off for a couple of days so my wiring is kept dry and safe for the TOTs.
HA! Good question Ken! I think it depends on how much rain we get up to that point. If it's been kind of dry, I'll stop cutting three weeks before my party. It really adds to the look and hides the cords. If we've been getting a lot of rain, I might cut two weeks before. Otherwise I'll have a jungle and it actually detracts from the overall look.
Definitely sucks to have a HOA that won't cooperate. Luckily I don't have one and yet the neighbors still keep up their yards. Most of my neighbors know its that time of year when my grass starts to get a little tall Debating on not cutting it anymore or giving it a nice short cut and hopefully will grow back pretty tall before the big night
Well, my yard is a walk through. And, we get 500+ ToT's, plus parents...
I've found the best means of having the lawn get destroyed by the traffic is to cut it short the week of halloween. (used to be a day before, but I have too much stuff to set up in just a day these days) This also helps eliminate anyone tripping on longer grass.
Our second hear, I had a circle path in the yard, and we had that circle visible most of the following year, due to the trampling.
Whenever I've set up at my parent's place, I try to tell them not to cut the lawn, but regardless, I always take a few bags of fallen leaves (and some from my neighbour's lawn as well) and toss them all over anyway! Leaves, leaves everywhere- that's the look I love...and it hides the bases of props and extension cords so well!
Where I live, the last grass cutting of the season is around the first week in October. If the grass was left long and too many leaves were on the ground, the rodents (mice, voles, shrews etc) will be attracted to the area and will nest in the area over winter, that means when the snow melts, it is hole city on the lawn. One year when the back yard was left too long it was awful in the spring.
So even if I wanted to have the unkept look (I do leave many leaves on the lawn) we really can't due to our weather. We are just happy if the kids don't have to wear snowsuits under their costumes!!
We usually tell the lawn guy to not mow the front yard the first weekend of Oct. I will put up main small fence that blocks the yard between the sidewalk and the house and not mow any of that. But I will keep up the small part between the sidewalk and the street. I put up my big fence the day before halloween because it is 7 feet tall and don't know how the city will act about it. But when that fence goes up, you really can't tell about the small area anyways.